If you're looking for the deepest, fattest bass sounds available in the most portable, compact unit, then look no further than the Korg Volca Bass Analog Bass Synthesizer. The Volca Bass is an entry-level analog synthesizer designed with bass synth production in mind. Despite its compact form factor and portability, the Volca Bass offers true analog circuitry, allowing for those rich, fat sounds you can only achieve with an analog synthesizer.
A Highly Portable Analog Bass Machine
Volca Bass is Korg's answer to bass culture and the demands of the modern, on-the-go musician. With the built-in speakers and the ability to operate via battery power with up to 10 hours of use from per charge, you'll be taking your bass with you, wherever the road may lead. Of course, it's equipped with a headphone jack and the built-in speakers will automatically deactivate when headphones are connected, so you can immerse yourself in bass anywhere you like. And since the unit weighs less than a pound, lugging the Volca Bass won't weigh you down either.
True Analog Synthesis
The Volca Bass supports three-voice polyphony and a full envelope/filter section, providing you immediate access to a multitude of bass synth sounds. Settings can be easily dialed in using the provided knobs and everything is right in front of you, so generating thick, original sounds will be intuitive even for new users. What's more, Volca Bass is not just a synth, it's also an Electribe-inspired 16-step sequencer, with onboard memory for storing 8 of your favorite patterns.
Works with Other Volca Synths
Volca Bass can easily integrate with other Korg Volca synths via the provided Sync In/Out port. Volca units may also be integrated with your existing DAW or MIDI environment via the provided MIDI port.
- Portable polyphonic analog bass synthesizer and loop sequencer
- Multi-touch keyboard and internal speakers
- 3 voice polyphony
- 16 step sequencer with memory for 8 stored patterns
- Self-tuning oscillators
- Oscillation types: sawtooth and square
- Filter types: low pass, 12 dB/oct
- 1/8 inch Sync In and Sync Out for synchronizing with other Volca units
- 1/8 inch headphone output
- MIDI In
- Powered via 6 internal AA batteries or AC power adapter (sold separately)
- Unit runs approximately 10 hours on alkaline batteries
- Unit weighs less than 1 pound
Whether you're looking for your first synthesizer or looking to add some bass to your existing EDM studio, Korg's Volca Bass offers a remarkably affordable bass synthesizer in a surprisingly portable analog unit.
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The Korg Volca Bass synthesizer is part of Korg's Volca series -- a lineup of EDM production tools that also includes the Volca Keys lead synthesizer and Volca Beats rhythm machine. Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, these powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer.
Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple Volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime. These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setup!
Common Features:SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performance with multiple units or with your DAW
By using the sync jack you can enjoy synchronized playback with multiple volcas or with a monotribe. You can also use the "SyncKontrol" iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST.
The MIDI IN connector lets you synchronize with other devices, as well as play the volca from any MIDI keyboard. You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the volca as an analog sound module.
Self-tuning function (Volca Bass and Keys only)
Until now, the problem with analog synthesizers has been that the pitch would drift over time, or because of changes in temperature. Volca solves this by providing a Self-tuning function that constantly tunes the oscillators. You'll never need to tune during a performance, or wait for the pitch to stabilize after turning the power on.
Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere
With its compact size, battery operation, and built-in speaker, it's easy to take the volca anywhere and perform any time.
Analog Bass Machine
Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines
Powerful analog bass sound:
- Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
- Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
- Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series:
- Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
- Slide function that's indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
- Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps
Convenient functions for ease of use:
- Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
- Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg's Monotribe
Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power
Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove - the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.
Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it's a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it's also a powerful way to generate "free form" bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.
Note: KA-350 AC adapter is optional (not included). Can run off 6xAA batteries (not included).